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My weekend in Bangkok

a very very very warm intro

sunny 95 °F

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Khao San Road pad thai vendor

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Khao San Road Cafe - A backpacker haven with excellent food

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Selling puppies at the Chatuchak Weekend Market

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American politics sells in Bangkok too - T-shirts for sale

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Delicious fresh coconut ice cream at Chatuchak Market

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Main street of Bangkok's Chinatown

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One of several Gold Stores in Bangkok's Chinatown

Smooth sailing through Bangkok Airport and into a cab to the Baan Dinso Boutique Hostel, where I was warmly greeted by name, and shown my second floor room (a rather small single, but cozy). I was in bed within the hour - it was about 1:30AM. Up with the sun, and breakfast on the patio at 7:15 - a very generous tray of fruit, pastry, cereal and coffee. Next it was time to explore the infamous Khao San Road backpacker ghetto in the blazing Bangkok sun, and the shock of going from Siberian Korea to the SE Asian tropics was painful! I stopped for a good lunch of noodles and fruit shake, came home and took a siesta with eyeshades. That was Saturday, and today, Sunday, I also got up very early, came down to the hostel's computer room, and started this blog with the Seoul entry. Later, after another great breakfast, I went by Tuk Tuk to the Chatachak Weekend Market. What a market - everything under the sun (makes Portland's Saturday Market look rather pale), plenty to eat, and plenty to buy. They even have live animals (some rather exotic) for sale as pets (no, Thais do not eat dog or cat meat). Then on to Bangkok's Chinatown by subway via Hua Lampong RR Station, and another surprise - this Chinatown is at least twice the size of San Francisco's CT, and extremely busy on a Sunday morning. My feet gave out then, and I tuk tuked back to Baan Dinso for a rest and this blog update. It's easy to see why this is such a popular tourist destination, and even though the size of Bangkok is overwhelming, the variety of things to buy, the graciousness of the Thai people, and the spectacular Thai cuisine make this a unique and special place.

Posted by Daawgon 00:52 Archived in Thailand Tagged tourist_sites

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